Smart Materials Short Course

Course Summary

Smart Material

Smart Materials are materials capable of controllable response to their environment. Smart Materials can be used as 'Actuators," "Sensors", or in some cases as Self-Sensing Actuators. These materials present new and exciting design opportunities leading to innovations and improved performance.

Course Leader

The course lecturer will be Prof Marthinus van Schoor. Prof Van Schoor is the President of Midé Technology Corporation, a Cambridge - U.S.A. based company, specialising in the Development and Application of Smart Materials. Prof Van Schoor, with a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a lecturer in Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. Prof Van Schoor is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Pretoria.

Prof Van Schoor has extensive experience in the fields of sensors, actuators, smart materials, controls, structural fatigue, structures, structural dynamics, aeroelasticity and design. He was and is the Principle Investigator of several NASA and United States Department of Defense (DoD) funded research and development programs in the field of Smart Materials and he has patents pending in this field.

The main advantages of smart or active materials are:

  1. High energy density (compared to pneumatic and hydraulic actuators)
  2. Excellent bandwidth
  3. Simplified packaging
  4. Novel functions such as the huge volume change as a function of temperature exhibited by smart gels.

Examples of their application are:

  1. Fast response valves
  2. High-power-density hydraulic pumps
  3. Active bearings for reduction of machinery noise
  4. Footwear
  5. Sports equipment
  6. Precision machining
  7. Vibration and acoustic sensors
  8. Dampers, etc.

The course's main focus is to provide design engineers and innovators the necessary background to identify new opportunities in their own fields and to perform preliminary analyses to verify benefits and identify design constraints.

Who Should Attend?

The course is intended for design engineers in the mechanical and aeronautical engineering industries. The course will provide these engineers with alternative design solutions for applications with challenging space, power and bandwidth constraints.

Course Highlights

The course will provide a detail review of the properties and opportunities presented by state-of-the-art Smart Materials, including:

  • Piezo-electric
  • Piezo-resistive
  • Piezo-restrictive
  • Magneto-strictive
  • Magneto-resistive
  • Shape Memory Alloys
  • Magnetically Activated Shape Memory Alloys
  • Active Fiber Composites
  • Electro and Magneto-Rheological Fluids
  • Smart Gels and Shape Memory Polymers

Practical application of these materials will be presented and discussed.


An attendance certificate will be awarded to delegates who attend all three days of the course.

Price and Location

The course is offered on a request at company's location with the fee $800/attendee with a minimum of 10 attendees.

For more information:
Please contact Attila (Products), or call: 781-306-0609 x225